Rules of Patent Drafting: Guidelines from Federal Circuit Case Law
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This 2022 Edition addresses all Federal Circuit decisions through 2021. Analysis of Section 101 cases has been expanded and highlighted in a separate chapter. Author Joseph Root presents a unique approach to mastering the art of patent drafting by distilling Federal Circuit jurisprudence into a set of rules, each embodying the essence of requirements for patent validity in a given area. One cannot employ these rules by rote, but understanding and applying their underlying principles will lead to bulletproof patents. Earlier editions gained widespread praise from reviewers and bloggers.
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Table of contents
Introduction: The Disclosure Revolution
PART I Patenting for Breadth
CHAPTER 1 Eligibility
CHAPTER 2 Drafting for Breadth
CHAPTER 3 Claiming for Breadth
CHAPTER 4 Prosecuting for Breadth
PART II Specification Drafting
CHAPTER 5 Utility
CHAPTER 6 Written Description
CHAPTER 7 Enablement
CHAPTER 8 Best Mode
PART III Claim Drafting
CHAPTER 9 Preamble
CHAPTER 10 Transition
CHAPTER 11 Claim Body
CHAPTER 12 Definiteness
CHAPTER 13 Means-plus-Function Claims
PART IV Avoiding Problems
CHAPTER 14 Bars: Printed Publication
CHAPTER 15 Bars: Public Use
CHAPTER 16 Bars: On Sale
CHAPTER 17 Inventorship and Priority
CHAPTER 18 Inequitable Conduct
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes